How Lonely Planet Made My Travel Photography Dream Come True

My Lofoten photo became the cover image of the 100th special edition of the Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

When I decided to take travel photography seriously, I was so determined to learn and try different tips and styles of photography and joined a local photography club.

It comes really handy with my blogging, and it keeps my creativity chakra going.

Lonely Planet is considered to be the bible of the travel media whether in prints or online.

It started in the ’70s, and they’ve grown into a travel media institution with millions of subscribers worldwide. Over the decades, they have been inspiring people to pursue their adventures with their comprehensive travel guidebooks of every single country in the world.

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Lonely Planet photography contest

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Lonely Planet’s magazine was preparing to celebrate their 100th print edition in April 2017. I am an avid follower of their Instagram account.

Just right after the New Year of 2017, they made an announcement that they were looking for outstanding photos from their followers, that could potentially be published on the limited edition cover photo of the 100th print edition of the magazine.

I took my chance and followed all the requirements and submitted my entries to the email address provided by the Lonely Planet. It was a leap of faith, but I told myself that I have to at least try. I was convinced that loads of fantastic and professional photographers will submit their entries to this prestigious photographic contest, and so my hopes were slim.

Months had passed and I hadn’t received any confirmation email from Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet Cover Photo Lofoten Island in Norway
Lonely Planet Magazine Front Cover

My Lofoten, Norway image was in the front cover of the Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine.

Image Title: Fishing in Lofoten

Location: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Camera used: Olympus PEN E-PL7
Lens used: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens – Silver


ISO:  200 | Aperture: f 9.0 | Shutter: 1/500

On the 3rd of March 2017, when I came home after a day’s work, I saw a parcel on our doorstep with a logo of the Lonely Planet. My heart leapt as I had an inkling of what it could be.

I felt like I won all the lotteries in the world the moment I saw my name printed on the front cover of the Lonely Magazine. I was laughing and crying at the same time!

I consider this Lonely Planet recognition as one of my greatest achievements so far in travel photography and blogging.

So I thought this photography win of my Lofoten image deserves a post on my blog.
Keep aiming high and trying!
For all photography lovers out there, keep shooting!

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Front cover of Lonely Planet Travel Photography contest


Ryazan Tristram EverythingZany Author Bio

Ryazan Tristram

Travel Writer & Photographer

Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

6 thoughts on “How Lonely Planet Made My Travel Photography Dream Come True”

  1. I’ve always loved taking pictures. I got a camera for my birthday not as nice as others but I love it. And here I am just loving photography

  2. Woow, this looks really amazing,
    This is really on my have to do list before i get into my 40’s

    Keep posting,
    Kind regards


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